Marnie Bennett, Clinic Director, Physiotherapist
Marnie completed her Honours BSc degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She went on to complete her Physiotherapy Degree from McMaster University, graduating in 2001 with distinction.
Patient focused, client-centred care is extremely important to Marnie and is at the forefront of her practise philosophy.
Marnie has taken advanced training in acupuncture, manual therapy, mulligan concepts, hand therapy and Canine Rehabilitation.
When she is not practising, Marnie enjoys being involved with the McMaster Physiotherapy program through Clinic Lab tutoring, being a Clinical Instructor to Physiotherapy students, and guest lecturing at the University. She loves spending time with her family, being active, and horseback riding.
Gerard Dannenberg, Physiotherapist
Gerard first received an Honours Degree in Physiology at the University of Ottawa before completing his Physiotherapy Degree at McMaster University over twenty years ago. Shortly thereafter, Gerard attained certification as an Acupuncturist with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in Toronto. He has successfully complimented both disciplines in the physiotherapeutic care of all patients; orthopaedic, neurologic, paediatric and palliative conditions. Gerard takes great pride in educating all patients and ensures they have an integral role in deciding the best therapy for their needs and its success. Over the twenty years, Gerard continues with post graduate education to best serve the patients he treats as well as maintain the integrity of the profession of physiotherapy for public awareness.
Megan Abbott, Physiotherapist
Megan is a registered physiotherapist who first completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2010. She returned to McMaster to complete her Masters degree in Physiotherapy graduating in 2012.
Since graduating, Megan has completed courses in Manual Therapy, McKenzie method, K-Taping, Vestibular Rehabilitation and Acupuncture.
Most recently, Megan has completed advanced level courses to specialize in pelvic health physiotherapy. She has special interest in caring for clients during pregnancy and postpartum and has completed training in Labour & Delivery Support. Megan is rostered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to perform internal pelvic exams and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Megan’s treatment approach combines client-centered education, manual therapy, exercise prescription and self-management strategies to help clients meet their goals.
When not at work, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, running with her dog and crocheting.
Jordan Fratoni, Physiotherapist
Jordan is a Registered Physiotherapist at Westmount Physiotherapy and Massage. Jordan graduated from the University of Guelph in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science degree, Honours in Human Kinetics and a Minor in Nutrition and Neutraceutical Sciences. Jordan then attended McMaster University where he has just recently completed his Masters degree in Physiotherapy, graduating in 2016.
Jordan has completed several additional courses throughout his Masters degree including; Manual therapy Level 1, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Concussion assessment and treatment, Acupuncture and Athletic taping courses. His treatment approach is individualistic and client-centered, encompassing a combination of manual therapy/hands on techniques, education and exercise as part of a comprehensive and holistic approach in helping patients achieve their goals and return to their pre-injury hobbies, sports, work and activities. Jordan has a special interest in sports injuries and working with athletes, but thoroughly enjoys tailoring well-structured treatment plans throughout the entire demographic spectrum by encouraging patients to be an active and involved member in their rehabilitation process.
Outside of work, Jordan enjoys spending with family and friends, remaining physically active, and plays in numerous hockey, soccer and volleyball leagues.
Ashish Bhatt, Physiotherapist
Ashish (Ash) graduated from Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009 and Master of Physiotherapy in 2012. Since then Ashish has worked as a Physiotherapist in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, long term care and community home services. Ash has worked with patients from all ages as well as various types of conditions such as musculoskeletal, neurological disorders, chronic pain injuries, athletic injuries and fall prevention programs.
Ash is passionate about running. He has completed certification from The Running clinic to identify biomechanics as well as training parameters to prevent running related injuries. He also has a special interest in TMJ dysfunction.
Ash has a variety of tools to help his patients including manual therapy (Hands on approach), exercises, education, self-management programs, IASTM and mechanical cupping.
Besides helping patients to achieve their goals, Ashish enjoys running, cycling, strength training, hiking and yoga. He continues to update his knowledge and skills through various courses and certifications.
Patricia Martel, Physiotherapist
Patricia graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s in Human Kinetics and a Master’s in Physiotherapy in 2012. She has obtained certifications in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Acupuncture. She has completed advanced training in vestibular and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with experience treating orthopaedic conditions such as repetitive strain injuries, post fracture, post surgical, rotator cuff tears, arthritis, low back pain, vertigo/dizziness, motor vehicle accidents, and more.
Patricia’s treatment approach focuses on a thorough assessment, goal-setting, correcting movement dysfunctions, and empowering her clients to achieve recovery. Her approach is individual-tailored to each client using a combination of manual therapy techniques (such as joint mobilisations, dry needling, cupping therapy, soft tissue release techniques, and taping), health education, and personalized corrective exercise programs.
Ashlyn Browning, Physiotherapy Assistant
Ashlyn received her Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant diploma from the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences in 2015.
She has been apart of the Westmount Team since 2016 and loves being able to provide client-centred care that helps clients reach their therapy goals. She also provides custom knee brace fittings and can help determine if a custom knee brace is right for you.
Outside of work, Ashlyn loves to spend time with her fur babies (2 dogs and 2 cats). She enjoys staying active outdoors, reading, and hanging out with family and friends.
Michelle Robinson, Physiotherapy Assistant
Dr. Meg Robinson, HBKin, MSc., DC, Chiropractor
Dr. Robinson graduated from McMaster University with a Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2006 and a keen interest in exercise physiology. She then continued her education at the University of Guelph where she obtained her Master of Science in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. Her love of teaching and interacting with students resulted in her pursuit of a PhD at McMaster University. Dr. Robinson realized that her work in research was missing something, patient interaction and the ability to help people feel better and change their lives for the better. This realization led her to continue her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where she obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and graduated cum laude in 2017. Since graduating from CMCC she has also completed training in animal chiropractic making her a certified Animal Chiropractor as well.
Dr. Robinson was born and raised in Dundas, Ontario where she was heavily involved in her community through various volunteer efforts and in competitive sports. Her love of physical activity and animals has been combined perfectly for the past 20 years as she has competed in various dog sports with her own family pets. Growing up Dr. Robinson watched both her 2- and 4-legged family members benefit from chiropractic care and quickly began to realize the value of manual care and how it would shape her career.
Dr. Robinson’s focus is on patient-centered care where she incorporates a variety of techniques including soft tissue therapy, mobilizations, manipulations and patient education to optimize health and wellness.
Ron Sawyer, RMT/Osteopath
Ron Sawyer graduated Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic with a diploma in Massage Therapy in 1997. Ron went on to work in a multidisciplinary clinic working alongside Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Kinesiologists . He spent the next 16 years learning various aspects of the rehabilitative model and developing his skills within a clinical setting. Due to Ron's strong affinity to learn and grow as a therapist, he decided to return to school. Ron obtained a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice in 2013. He competently integrates both disciplines to assess and treat the individual needs of each patient. One of Ron's main approaches is to "Find the Cause and Treat the Cause". He believes that treating symptoms such as pain, are only a temporary fix. Searching for the underlying cause of dysfunction and addressing the specific issues are the best approach to returning the body back to balance, homeostasis and normal function.
Outside of work, Ron enjoys spending his time with family and friends. He has also been a lifelong learner in the health and fitness industry with over 30 plus years experience training in the gym.
Cristian Salazar, RMT
Cristian graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1988. He is a member and in good standing with the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario as well as the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario.
As a massage therapist, he has worked in a variety of settings. He is delighted to work with Westmount Physiotherapy, where the team is attentive and caring. Cristian has a special interest in reviewing metrics of the relaxation response, and the ability of the body to heal itself. He strives to provide strong and gentle massage therapy techniques, which are best suited to each individual case.
Most of Cristian’s clients have rehabilitation goals that include decreasing pain levels and increasing range of motion. A brief examination of the health history and a review of the mechanism of injury are part of his assessment, followed by the hands on massage therapy session. Cristian enjoys and sees the importance in discussing a treatment plan which includes a home program to promote a speedy recovery.
Please consult your physician if you need a prescription for extended health care benefits. Consult your physiotherapist if you need a recommendation.
Please make your appointments through the front desk. Cristian looks forward to providing quality massage therapy services to you and your loved ones. Referrals are the best compliments.
Devin Coish, B.Kin, RMT
Devin started his journey in the industry by attending and graduating from the University of Toronto’s kinesiology program. While in school at U of T he also became a certified personal trainer and has been applying his kinesiology knowledge on his clients to allow them to function optimally and achieve their fitness goals. After graduating from U of T with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, Devin went back to school to study massage therapy at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy. While attending Sutherland-Chan, Devin learned a wide variety of massage and manual therapy techniques and also gained numerous hours of experience in a variety of speciality clinic settings. Devin has worked with many individuals of various ages, abilities and health statuses such as athletes, pregnant patients, stroke survivors, post surgical patients in a hospital, patients with learning disabilities and much more. Devin enjoys applying his knowledge and skills to allow him to best aid his clients and give them the highest quality of massage therapy treatments.
Emily Slingerland, RMT
Emily graduated with honours from the Massage Therapy program at Oxford College in Burlington. She is a Registered Member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and is also a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. She has over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry.
As a Registered Massage Therapist, she embraces and enjoys the challenge of helping each individual reach their specific health goals. She employs a wide variety of techniques during treatments; some of which include Swedish massage, myofascial release, joint mobilization, and deep tissue stretches. Her treatment focuses on relaxation, pain management, and injury rehabilitation. Emily takes great pride in improving quality of life for all her clients. She is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of massage therapy and related modalities in order to provide her clients with a wide variety of treatment options.
When she isn’t working, Emily enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends, and travelling the world.
Lindsay Hazell, Office Manager
Lindsay graduated with honours from the Mohawk College Health, Wellness & Fitness program in 2015. After pursing a career as a soccer coach for 7 years, she decided to further her career in the health field and return to school. Lindsay graduated in 2022 with honours from the Mohawk College Office Administration Health Services program. Lindsay combines her knowledge of human anatomy and kinetics with her strong organizational and administrative skills to provide the best experience to our patients. Lindsay’s favourite part about her job is getting to know our clients, and helping them with every step of their treatment.
Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her son, playing soccer and volleyball, and cheering on the Leafs.
Lauren Hommersen, Administrative Assistant
Lauren began her secondary education at Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health in 2011. She switched from the Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant program, to follow her passion for working with animals. Lauren graduated from Mohawk College in the Veterinary Office Management program in 2014.
After working in the veterinary field for 7 years, the pandemic changed her career path. Lauren decided to continue her education at Mohawk College refining her current skills and gaining new ones taking medical health administration courses. Lauren has had a wide range of experience in public customer service and health administration, which she uses to provide the best service to our clients.
Outside of work, you will find Lauren experimenting in the kitchen making new recipes for her family, playing with her fur-babies, or singing karaoke with friends.
Alex Jalsevac, Administrative Assistant
Alex graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor's degree in Honours Biology and the Option in Pre-Medical Studies in 2022. She has a passion for physiotherapy and ultimately plans to become a physiotherapist in the future. To gain experience working in a physiotherapy clinic, Alex has been applying her knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to help clients find the best course of treatment for their needs as an administrative assistant at the front desk. She loves working with people and using her organizational abilities to make operations run as smoothly as possible.
Alex is currently in the process of taking courses in hydrotherapy and will in the near future be instructing these sessions for Westmount Physiotherapy.
Outside of work you can often find Alex reading a great book, at the gym, or spending time with her dog, friends and family.
Emily Hoffman, Administrative Assistant
Emily graduated from Trillium College in 2014 with a diploma in medical office administration. After graduating college she started working for a walk in clinic to apply her skills in medicial administration. After a year and a half she started working for a dermatology clinic where she worked the front desk and with surgical assisting for 6 years. Emily has gained a lot of experience with patient communication and interaction, being able to self-problem solve, time management and great organization skills. She joined the team at Westmount Physiotherapy in January 2023 as a front desk administrative assisstant and looks forward to gaining a new background of knowledge in the physio world.
Outside of work you will find Emily spending time with her fiancé and their twin boys either outside, travelling around to see different places, trying new foods or spending time with their family and friends.